The biggest football SWAC rivalry in Mississippi was played tonight in Jackson when Alcorn visited Jackson State for the big game. Alcorn left the Capital City with a big victory, marking the second year in a row that Alcorn has won this game between the two schools.
Quarterback Felix Harper led Alcorn (8-3) in the battle against JSU (4-8) by throwing four touchdown passes to help secure the win.
JSU struggled all night to move the ball against Alcorn’s tough defense, which led to Alcorn leading 31-0 at halftime.
JSU’s Kymani Clarke had the most rushing yards—17 on 5 carries.
Alcorn did not back off at all when it came to shutting down Jackson State’s defense. The Braves only allowed the Tigers to get into the end zone once in the game, to score a stunning 41-6 victory.
Alcorn’s Harper connected with three different wide receivers for touchdowns in the game: LeCharles Pringle caught two touchdown passes, and Chris Blair and Juan Anthony each caught one each. Harper would also gain a rushing touchdown in the game to mark his fifth touchdown of the night. Harper would finish the game with 274 passing yards to go along with his five touchdowns.
Niko Duffey led Alcorn’s running game with 74 yards, and Chris Blair had 136 receiving yards to go with his touchdown reception.
The victory tonight marked the sixth East SWAC Championship title for Alcorn and head coach Fred McNair who took over the program in 2016 after Jay Hopson left for Southern Miss.
Alcorn will play either Southern University or Grambling in the SWAC championship. Southern and Grambling play each other next Saturday, Nov. 30, at Grambling to determine the West SWAC Champion.See a typo? Report it here.